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University of Maryland School of Medicine Names David Marcozzi to Help Lead Health Disparities and Population Health Program

June 27, 2017 | David Kohn

David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP

Dr. Marcozzi Has Focused on Improving Health Delivery During Crisis

Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MS, Hyg, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), along with UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, an associate professor in the UM SOM Department of Emergency Medicine, has been named as Co-Director of the UM SOM Program in Health Disparities and Population Health, which is based in EPH.

In this new capacity, he will help oversee the program, which combines research, education, and service to advance health equity by addressing the critical health issues often influenced by social determinants of health.

Dr. Marcozzi joins the program’s leadership team of Co-Directors Wendy Lane, MD, MPH, and J. Kathleen (Kate) Tracy, PhD. Both Dr. Lane and Dr. Tracy are Associate Professors in EPH. Each Co-Director will focus on a different aspect of health disparities and population health. Dr. Lane will emphasize community-based research; child maltreatment prevention, community outreach, and policy; Dr. Tracy will emphasize disparities in women’s health and population health research and medical informatics; and Dr. Marcozzi will emphasize integration with healthcare delivery, sustainable fiscal approaches to population health and health policy development.

“The tenets of the triple aim are key to moving our State and nation forward,” said Dr. Marcozzi. “Embracing the multidisciplinary approach to population health isn’t easy, but it is essential. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Dr. Lane and Dr. Tracy on this issue. Working together, I am confident we can help guide UM SOM, our state and nation toward improved health care for all.”

The program consists of over 64 faculty and subject matter experts in EPH and other UM SOM departments. It has a broad multidisciplinary scope and focuses on studying and improving many health and healthcare issues, including cancer disparities, disparities in maternal and child health, aging and health disparities, population health, global health, HIV, and women’s health. The effort was formerly known as the Program in Minority Health and Health Disparities in Education and Research, and was led by the Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH, who retired in 2015 after decades at the school.

Years of Federal Service

A Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Marcozzi is the Director of Population Health in the UM SOM Department of Emergency Medicine, and serves as the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has held positions at the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. Serving last as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care within the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Marcozzi was involved with health delivery reform efforts, clinical quality standard and measure development. Prior to that, he served as Director of the National Healthcare Preparedness Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Dr. Marcozzi has been mobilized four times since 2001 and is now assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command as a Deputy Surgeon.

Focus on Protecting Children

A national leader in child abuse and neglect pediatrics, Dr. Lane was recently named one of Baltimore’s top pediatricians. She is one of only a small number of pediatricians nationwide specializing in child abuse and neglect. Dr. Lane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. She directs the department’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program and Community Outreach for the MPH Program. A leader in community-based child maltreatment research, community outreach, and policy, Dr. Lane’s research focuses on health disparities in relation to child health promotion and child maltreatment. Dr. Lane also serves on the Child Protection Team at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition, she is one of the lead faculty responsible for the recently developed social justice track at UM SOM.

Working to Understand Disparities in Care

Dr. Tracy is Vice-Chair of Research Services in EPH, and Research Director of the Center of Excellence in Problem Gambling. She is a leader in informatics, and in research on disparities in women’s health and population health. Her research focuses on disparities in cervical cancer treatment in West Africa. She is collaborating on a University of Maryland, Baltimore initiative led by Joanne Dorgan, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, and Cher Dallal, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UMCP, to identify causes of disparities in cancer outcomes.

“The school works extremely hard to address issues of disparity and access,” said UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who is also Vice President, Medical Affairs, University of Maryland and the John and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor. “Over the years, ample research has shown that health and inequality are inextricably connected. Dr. Marcozzi and his co-leaders are working hard to point the way toward workable solutions to this difficult set of issues.”

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Celebrating its 210th Anniversary, the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world.

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